Fanofjets From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 1943 posts, RR: 3 Posted (5 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 4315 times:
Over the years, I have come across several instances in which maintenance technicians or pilots used the registration letters to give an aircraft a nickname; these include the following:
Vickers Vimy G-EAOU "God 'Elp All Of Us"
BOAC Comet 1 G-ALYP "Yoke Peter" (What's the meaning here?)
BOAC Bristol Britannia 102 G-ANBG "No Bloody Good" (the plane was a maintenance nightmare)
BOAC/British Airtours Boeing 707-336C G-AVPB "Pretty Boy"
Does anyone know of other registration nicknames? I notice that all my examples are British.
Please note: I am not looking for registrations such as F-WWOW, F-SEXY, G-KILO, or any of the Virgin Atlantic registrations, which have already been discussed here.
The aeroplane has unveiled for us the true face of the earth. -Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Andz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8416 posts, RR: 11
Reply 5, posted (5 years 8 months 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 4139 times:
SAA had an A-300 registered ZS-SDD and she was nicknamed "Double Disaster" by the crew. Apparently she had more maintenance issues than any other in the fleet. My wife had a tower fly by once when she was cabin crew on SDD due to no gear green lights on approach to JNB.
Pilot21 From Ireland, joined Oct 1999, 1384 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (5 years 8 months 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 3996 times:
EI's 3 B747-100's were registered EI-ASJ/ASI & the late addition, EI-BED.
According to another contributor on these threads - Kaitak - EI-ASJ was commonly referred to as 'ah sweet jeasus' by it's Pilots due to frequent tech issues.
It is from the British phonetic alphabet used until 03-01-56. After that, they adopted the NATO phonetic alphabet used worldwide
I believe that was originally the American military phonetic alphabet as used by them, and adopted by the British, in WW2. It replaced the British alphabet that started, Ack, Beer, etc. Thus Ack, Ack, for Anti Aircraft. I never did remember any other letters. Several are mentioned in such films as "The Dam Busters".
The 767 / RR combination inherited by QF from BA was nicknamed the "Falcons". The registrations for these aircraft where VH-ZXA - VH-ZXH. these regos appeared as XA, XB, XC, XD, XE, and XF upon the nose-gear doors.
These were the same two letter codes used to denote various generations of the Australian version of the Ford Falcon passenger car, hence the nickname.
Carduelis From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2001, 1585 posts, RR: 10
Reply 22, posted (5 years 8 months 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 3484 times:
In my early days as Air Cabin Crew with BOAC, I actually flew on G-ANBG a number of times when it was re-registered as G-APLL! Apparently a British Prime Minister, Harold Macmillan, flew on it, and each time it had tech problems. He was the instigator of the reg change - but even as G-APLL, the aircraft continued with it's problems!
More fun was G-ANBB - affectionately known as Brigit Bardot! On one trip, we were positioning on an empty leg of a long haul charter, and the Chief gave a stewardess and I the same time off. We immediately went aft to the First Class section where, with a little bit on ingenuity, I was able to lower the seat backs of two seats to the level of the seats behind, making a flat double bed. Yes, we did, but I still haven't worked out if we were able to join the Club, as I'm not sure if the height of the Brit cruising altitude of 16,000ft actually qualified!
Per Ardua ad Astra! ........ Honi Soit Qui Mal y Pense!
OtnySASLHR From Spain, joined May 2007, 131 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (5 years 8 months 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 3441 times:
In Dan-Air we had a B707-321 registered G-AYSL and was always referred to as either
"Sick Lil" or "Spread Legs" as it was always going Tech!
Not Related to the topic but our DC7CF G-ATAB was called the "Torrey Canyon" as it was always leaving oil slicks on the tarmac.